Effects of malnutrition on epithelia-microbe interactions in the intestinal tract of flies and mice

Maintaining the composition of the beneficial intestinal microbiota requires a homeostatic equilibrium between the microbial community and the intestinal epithelium that serves as the regulatory interface with the host. Nutritional stressors such as malnutrition, starvation or caloric restriction are believed to disturb this equilibrium, thus provoking changes in the intestinal microbiota’s composition as well as in the regenerative capacity and immunological homeostasis of the intestinal mucosa. While malnutrition is a major scourge in developing countries, caloric restriction is believed to deploy positive effects on various health-associated parameters including life span. We aim to elucidate the mechanisms underlying this complex tripartite interplay between microbiota, the intestinal epithelium and the environment (nutritional stressors). More precisely, we want to discover how malnutrition and caloric restriction translate into the corresponding host phenotypes and how the microbiota and the intestinal epithelial reaction contribute to this, or how this influences stem cell behavior, the innate immune repertoire, transcriptional programs and lineage decisions in the epithelium. To achieve these goals, we will use mice and Drosophila as highly versatile experimental model metaorganisms to benefit from their overlapping and complementary inherent strengths. We will combine manipulation of the microbiota with concurrent analysis of the intestinal epithelial response, which will be supplemented by the reciprocal experimental design. These studies will be performed under different nutritional regimes (e.g. malnutrition, caloric restriction) to clarify how they affect the reciprocal interplay between microbiota and intestinal epithelium. Manipulation of the microbiota will comprise fecal transfer experiments and the use of gnotobiotic animals, while manipulation of the intestinal epithelium will be focused on system governing immune homeostasis and stem cell activity. For the latter aspect, manipulation of NF-?B- FoxO-, and Upd3(IL6-equivalent)-mediated signaling systems will be of central importance for the proposed research program.


Dr. Christine Fink

Postdoctoral Researcher, Associated Junior Researcher
Kiel University Zoological Institute

Dr. Felix Sommer

Postdoctoral Researcher
Kiel University Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology



Role of CCL20 mediated immune cell recruitment in NF-κB mediated TRAIL resistance of pancreatic cancer.

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Genome-wide association analysis identifies variation in vitamin D receptor and other host factors influencing the gut microbiota.

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Biophysical and Population Genetic Models Predict the Presence of “Phantom” Stepping Stones Connecting Mid-Atlantic Ridge Vent Ecosystems.

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Intestinal FoxO signaling is required to survive oral infection in Drosophila.

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GATA transcription factor as a likely key regulator of the Caenorhabditis elegans innate immune response against gut pathogens.

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The native microbiome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans: Gateway to a new host-microbiome model

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Know your neighbor: Microbiota and host epithelial cells interact locally to control intestinal function and physiology.

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Nod2-mediated recognition of the microbiota is critical for mucosal adjuvant activity of cholera toxin.

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Genome-wide rare copy number variation screening in ulcerative colitis identifies potential susceptibility loci.

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The gut microbiota modulates energy metabolism in the hibernating brown bear (Ursus arctos).

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Microbiota-induced obesity requires farnesoid X receptor.

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Abundant toxin-related genes in the genomes of beneficial symbionts from deep-sea hydrothermal vent mussels.

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Expression analysis of octopamine
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Evolutionary Transition from Pathogenicity to Commensalism: Global Regulator Mutations Mediate Fitness Gains through Virulence Attenuation.

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Dynamic changes of the luminal and mucosa-associated gut microbiota during and after antibiotic therapy with paromomycin.

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Secreted Frizzled-related protein 3 (sFRP3)-mediated suppression of interleukin-6 receptor release by A disintegrin and metalloprotease 17 (ADAM17) is abrogated in the osteoarthritis-associated rare double variant of sFRP3.

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Host-pathogen coevolution: the selective
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Site-specific programming of the host epithelial transcriptome by the gut microbiota.

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The gut microbiota engages different signaling pathways to induce Duox2 expression in the ileum and colon epithelium.

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The octopamine receptor octß2R is essential for ovulation and fertilization in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

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Overlapping and unique signatures in the proteomic and transcriptomic responses of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans towards pathogenic Bacillus thuringiensis.

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The composition of the gut microbiota shapes the colon mucus barrier.

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Geographical patterns of the standing and active human gut microbiome in health and IBD.

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Whole genome and exome sequencing of monozygotic twins discordant for Crohn’s disease.

Petersen B S, Spehlmann M E, Raedler A, Stade B, Thomsen I, Rabionet R, Rosenstiel P, Schreiber S, Franke A (2014); BMC Genomics, 15(1):564. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-564

Species-specific viromes in the ancestral holobiont Hydra.

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c-Rel is a critical mediator of NF-κB-dependent TRAIL resistance of pancreatic cancer cells.

Geismann C, Grohmann F, Sebens S, Wirths G, Dreher A, Häsler R, Rosenstiel P, Hauser C, Egberts J H, Trauzold A, Schneider G, Sipos B, Zeissig S, Schreiber S, Schäfer H, Arlt A (2014); Cell Death Dis., ; 5:e1455. doi: 10.1038/cddis.2014.417

Molekulare Analyse aminerger Signalwege im ZNS der Taufliege.

Fink C, Schukies S, von Frieling J, Roeder T (2014); Biospektrum, 20(6):636-639. doi: 10.1007/s12268-014-0499-x

Transcriptional regionalization of the fruit fly’s airway epithelium.

Faisal M N, Hoffmann J, El-Kholy S, Kallsen K, Wagner C, Bruchhaus I, Fink C, Roeder T (2014);
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Dietary history contributes to enterotype-like clustering and functional metagenomic content in the intestinal microbiome of wild mice.

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Effects of β-lactam antibiotics and fluoroquinolones on human gut microbiota in relation to Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea.

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XIAP variants in male Crohn’s disease.

Zeissig Y, Petersen B S, Milutinovic S, Bosse E, Mayr G, Peuker K, Hartwig J, Keller A, Kohl M, Laass M W, Billmann-Born S, Brandau H, Feller A C, Röcken C, Schrappe M, Rosenstiel P, Reed J C, Schreiber S, Franke A, Zeissig S (2014); Gut., 64(1):66-76. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2013-306520

Regulation of polyp-to-jellyfish transition in Aurelia aurita.

Fuchs B, Wang W, Graspeuntner S, Li Y, Insua S, Herbst E M, Dirksen P, Bohm A M, Hemmrich G, Sommer F, Domazet-Loso T, Klostermeier U C, Anton-Erxleben F, Rosenstiel P, Bosch T C, Khalturin K (2014); Curr Biol, 24(3):263-273. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.12.003

Altered Mucus Glycosylation in Core 1 O-Glycan-Deficient Mice Affects Microbiota Composition and Intestinal Architecture.

Sommer F, Adam N, Johansson M E V, Xia L, Hansson G C, Bäckhed F (2014); PLoS One, 9(1):e85254. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0085254


When the most potent combinations of antibiotics select for the greatest bacterial
load: the smile-frown transition.

Peña-Miller R, Laehnemann D, Jansen G, Fuentes-Hernandez A, Rosenstiel P, Schulenburg H,
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NOD2-dependent licensing of the microbiota intrinsically prevents
transmissible intestinal inflammation and tumorigenesis in mice.

Couturier A, Secher T, Rehman A, Normand S, Arcangelis A, Haesler R, Huot L, Grandjean T,
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Janus–a comprehensive
tool investigating the two faces of transcription.

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NOD2-mediated dysbiosis predisposes
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Initial symbiont contact orchestrates host-organ-wide transcriptional changes that
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Kremer N, Philipp E E R, Carpentier M-C, Brennan C A, Kraemer L, Altura M A, Augustin R, Häsler R,
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Transcriptome and genome sequencing uncovers
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Reproducibility of
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The large non-coding RNA ANRIL, which is associated with atherosclerosis, periodontitis and several forms of cancer, regulates ADIPOR1, VAMP3 and C11ORF10.

Bochenek G, Häsler R, El Mokhtari N E, König I R, Loos B G, Jepsen S, Rosenstiel P, Schreiber S, Schaefer A S (2013); Hum Mol Genet., 22(22):4516-27. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddt299

Paneth cells as a site of origin for intestinal inflammation.

Adolph T E, Tomczak M F, Niederreiter L, Ko H J, Böck J, Martinez-Naves E, Glickman JN,
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Non-invasive analysis of microbiome
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Fink C, Staubach F, Kuenzel S, Baines JF, Roeder T (2013); Appl Environ Microbiol., 79(22):6984-6988. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01903-13

Association between variants of PRDM1 and NDP52 and Crohn’s disease, based on exome sequencing and functional studies.

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Base-pair resolution DNA methylome of the EBV-positive Endemic Burkitt lymphoma cell line DAUDI determined by SOLiD bisulfite-sequencing.

Kreck B, Richter J, Ammerpohl O, Barann M, Esser D, Petersen B S, Vater I, Murga Penas E M, Bormann Chung C A, Seisenberger S, Lee Boyd V, Smallwood S, Drexler H G, Macleod R A, Hummel M, Krueger F, Häsler R, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P, Franke A, Siebert R (2013); Leukemia., 27(8):1751-3. doi: 10.1038/leu.2013.4

Drosophila as a model to study metabolic disorders.

Hoffmann J1, Romey R, Fink C, Roeder T (2013); Adv Biochem Eng Biotechnol., 135:41-61. doi: 10.1007/10_2013_196

The gut microbiota – masters of host development and physiology.

Sommer F, Bäckhed F (2013);  Nat Rev Microbiol, 11(4):227-238. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro2974

Oral glutamine supplementation improves intestinal permeability dysfunction in a murine acute graft-vs.-host disease model.

Noth R, Häsler R, Stüber E, Ellrichmann M, Schäfer H, Geismann C, Hampe J, Bewig B, Wedel T, Böttner M, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P, Arlt A (2013); Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol., 304(7):G646-54. doi: 10.1152/ajpgi.00246.2012

Overexpression of Sir2 in the adult fat body
is sufficient to extend lifespan of male and female Drosophila.

Hoffmann J, Romey R, Fink C, Yong L, Roeder T (2013); Aging, 5(4):315-327. doi: 10.18632/aging.100553

Characteristic changes in microbial community composition and expression of innate immune genes in acute appendicitis.

Arlt A, Bharti R, Ilves I, Häsler R, Miettinen P, Paajanen H, Brunke G, Ellrichmann M, Rehman A, Hauser C, Egberts J H, Ott S J, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P, Herzig K H (2013); Innate Immun., 21(1):30-41. doi: 10.1177/1753425913515033


RNAi screening identifies mediators of NOD2 signaling: implications for spatial specificity of MDP recognition.

Lipinski S, Grabe N, Jacobs G, Billmann-Born S, Till A, Häsler R, Aden K, Paulsen M, Arlt A, Kraemer L, Hagemann N, Erdmann K S, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2012); Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 109(52):21426-31. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1209673109

Ace2 links dietary malnutrition to microbial
ecology and intestinal inflammation.

Hashimoto T, Perlot T, Rehman A, Trichereau J, Ishiguro H, Paolino P, Sigl V, Wild B, Hanada T, Hanada
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H, Verrey F, Rosenstiel P, Penninger J M (2012); Nature, 487(7408):477-81. doi: 10.1038/nature11228

Recurrent mutation of the ID3 gene in Burkitt lymphoma identified by integrated
genome, exome and transcriptome sequencing.

The ICGC MMML-Seq Project, Richter J, Schlesner M, Hoffmann S, Kreuz M, Leich E, Burkhardt B,
 Rosolowski M, (…) Lichter P, Eils R, Küppers R, Hummel M, Klapper W, Rosenstiel P, Rosenwald A,
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FoxO is a critical regulator of stem cell maintenance and immortality in Hydra.

Boehm A M, Hemmrich G, Khalturin K, Puchert M, Anton-Erxleben F, Wittlieb J, Klostermeier U C, Rosenstiel P, Oberg H H, Bosch T C G (2012); Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 109(48):19697-702. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1209714109

A functional methylome map in ulcerative

Häsler R, Feng Z, Baeckdahl L, Spehlmann M E, Franke A, Teschendorff A, Rakyan V, Down T, Wilson
G, Feber A, Beck S, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2012); Genome Research, 22(11):2130-7. doi: 10.1101/gr.138347.112

Blood system formation in the urochordate Ciona intestinalis requires the variable receptor vCRL1.

Sommer F, Awazu S, Anton-Erxleben F, Jiang D, Klimovich A V, Klimovich B V, Samoilovich M P, Satou Y, Krüss M, Gelhaus C, Kürn U, Bosch T C, Khalturin K (2012); Mol Biol Evol., 29(10): 3081-3093. doi: 10.1093/molbev/mss120

Extended analysis of a genome-wide association study in primary sclerosing cholangitis detects multiple novel risk loci.

Folseraas T, Melum E, Rausch P, Juran B D, Ellinghaus E, Shiryaev A, Laerdahl J K, Ellinghaus D, Schramm C, Weismüller T J, Gotthardt D N, Hov J R, Clausen O P, Weersma R K, Janse M, Boberg K M, Björnsson E, Marschall H U, Cleynen I, Rosenstiel P, Holm K, Teufel A, Rust C, Gieger C, Wichmann H E, Bergquist A, Ryu E, Ponsioen C Y, Runz H, Sterneck M, Vermeire S, Beuers U, Wijmenga C, Schrumpf E, Manns M P, Lazaridis K N, Schreiber S, Baines J F, Franke A, Karlsen T H (2012); J Hepatol., 57(2):366-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2012.03.031

Microbial pattern recognition causes distinct functional micro-RNA signatures in primary human monocytes.

Häsler R, Jacobs G, Till A, Grabe N, Cordes C, Nikolaus S, Lao K, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2012); PLoS One., 7(2):e31151. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031151


Transcriptomic resilience to global warming in the seagrass Zostera marina, a marine
foundation species.

Franssen S U, Gu J, Bergmann N, Winters G, Klostermeier U C, Rosenstiel P, Bornberg-Bauer E, Reusch T B (2011); Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 108(48):19276-81. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1107680108

Colonic mucosa-associated microbiota is influenced by an interaction of Crohn disease and FUT2 (Secretor) genotype

Rausch P, Rehman A, Künzel S, Häsler R, Ott S J, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P, Franke A, Baines J F (2011); Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 108 (47): 19030-5. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1106408108

A genome-wide association study reveals evidence of association with sarcoidosis at 6p12.1.

Hofmann S, Fischer A, Till A, Müller-Quernheim J, Häsler R, Franke A, Gäde K I, Schaarschmidt H, Rosenstiel P, Nebel A, Schürmann M, Nothnagel M, Schreiber S; GenPhenReSa Consortium (2011); Eur Respir J., 38(5):1127-35. doi: 10.1183/09031936.00001711

Nod2 is essential
 for temporal development of intestinal microbial communities.

Rehman A, Sina C, Gavrilova O, Häsler R, Ott S, Baines J F, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2011); Gut, 60(10):1354-62. doi: 10.1136/gut.2010.216259

Increased intestinal permeability and tight junction disruption by altered expression and localization of occludin in a murine graft versus host disease model.

Noth R, Lange-Grumfeld J, Stüber E, Kruse ML, Ellrichmann M, Häsler R, Hampe J, Bewig B, Rosenstiel P, Schreiber S, Arlt A (2011); BMC Gastroenterol., 11:109. doi: 10.1186/1471-230X-11-109

Molecular signatures of a disturbed nasal barrier function in the primary tissue of Wegener’s granulomatosis.

Laudien M1, Häsler R, Wohlers J, Böck J, Lipinski S, Bremer L, Podschun R, Ambrosch P, Lamprecht P, Rosenstiel P, Till A (2011); Mucosal Immunol., 4(5):564-73. doi: 10.1038/mi.2011.9

A tissue-specific landscape of sense/antisense transcription in the mouse intestine.

Klostermeier U C, Barann M, Wittig M, Häsler R, Franke A, Gavrilova O, Kreck B, Sina C, Schilhabel M B, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2011); BMC Genomics., 12:305. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-12-305

Alterations of pre-mRNA splicing in human inflammatory bowel disease.

Häsler R, Kerick M, Mah N, Hultschig C, Richter G, Bretz F, Sina C, Lehrach H, Nietfeld W, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2011); Eur J Cell Biol., 90(6-7):603-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcb.2010.11.010

Maternal epigenetic 
pathways control parental contributions to early embryogenesis.

Autran D, Baroux C, Raissig M, Lenormand G, Wittig M, Grob S, Steimer A, Barann M, Klostermeier U,
 Leblanc O, Vielle-Calzade JP, Rosenstiel P, Grimanelli D, Grossniklaus U (2011); Cell, 145(5):707-19. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2011.04.014

Genome-wide expression profiling identifies an impairment of negative feedback signals in the Crohn’s disease-associated NOD2 variant L1007fsinsC.

Billmann-Born S, Till A, Arlt A, Lipinski S, Sina C, Latiano A, Annese V, Häsler R, Kerick M, Manke T, Seegert D, Hanidu A, Schäfer H, van Heel D, Li J, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2011); J Immunol., 186(7):4027-38. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1000085


Molecular analysis of self/non-self recognition in the hermaphroditic urochordate Ciona intestinalis.

Sommer F (2010); Ph.D. thesis. University of Kiel. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2498.5126

Critical role of the disintegrin metalloprotease ADAM17 for intestinal inflammation and regeneration in mice.

Chalaris A, Adam N, Sina C, Rosenstiel P, Lehmann-Koch J, Schirmacher P, Hartmann D, Cichy J, Gavrilova O, Schreiber S, Jostock T, Matthews V, Häsler R, Becker C, Neurath M F, Reiss K, Saftig P, Scheller J, Rose-John S (2010); J Exp Med., 207(8):1617-24. doi: 10.1084/jem.20092366

Genome-wide association study for ulcerative colitis identifies risk loci at 7q22 and 22q13 (IL17REL).

Franke A, Balschun T, Sina C, Ellinghaus D, Häsler R, Mayr G, Albrecht M, Wittig M, Buchert E, Nikolaus S, Gieger C, Wichmann H E, Sventoraityte J, Kupcinskas L, Onnie CM, Gazouli M, Anagnou N P, Strachan D, McArdle W L, Mathew C G, Rutgeerts P, Vermeire S, Vatn M H; IBSEN study group, Krawczak M, Rosenstiel P, Karlsen T H, Schreiber S (2010); Nat Genet., 42(4):292-4. doi: 10.1038/ng.553

The nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptor NLRC5 is involved in IFN-dependent antiviral immune responses.

Künzel S, Till A, Winkler M, Häsler R, Lipinski S, Jung S, Grötzinger J, Fickenscher H, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2010); J Immunol., 184(4):1990-2000. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.0900557

Caenopores are antimicrobial
peptides in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans instrumental in nutrition and immunity.

Roeder T, Stanisak M, Gelhaus C, Bruchhaus I, Grötzinger J, Leippe M (2010); 
Dev Comp Immunol, 34 (2):203-209. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2009.09.010


Decreased sigmoidal ABCB1 (P-glycoprotein) expression in ulcerative colitis is associated with disease activity.

Ufer M, Häsler R, Jacobs G, Haenisch S, Lächelt S, Faltraco F, Sina C, Rosenstiel P, Nikolaus S, Schreiber S, Cascorbi I (2009); Pharmacogenomics., 10(12):1941-53. doi: 10.2217/pgs.09.128

G protein-coupled receptor 43 is essential for neutrophil recruitment during intestinal inflammation.

Sina C, Gavrilova O, Förster M, Till A, Derer S, Hildebrand F, Raabe B, Chalaris A, Scheller J, Rehmann A, Franke A, Ott S, Häsler R, Nikolaus S, Fölsch UR, Rose-John S, Jiang HP, Li J, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2009); J Immunol., 183(11):7514-22. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.0900063

A functional EXO1 promoter variant is associated with prolonged life expectancy in centenarians.

Nebel A, Flachsbart F, Till A, Caliebe A, Blanché H, Arlt A, Häsler R, Jacobs G, Kleindorp R, Franke A, Shen B, Nikolaus S, Krawczak M, Rosenstiel P, Schreiber S (2009); Mech Ageing Dev., 130(10):691-9. doi: 10.1016/j.mad.2009.08.004

Infection induces a survival program and local remodelling in
 the airway epithelium in the fly.

Wagner C, Isermann K, Roeder T (2009); FASEB J, 23(7):2045-2054. doi: 10.1096/fj.08-114223

Genetic control of global gene expression levels in the intestinal mucosa: a human twin study.

Häsler R, Begun A, Freitag-Wolf S, Kerick M, Mah N, Zvirbliene A, Spehlmann M E, von Wurmb-Schwark N, Kupcinskas L, Rosenstiel P, Schreiber S (2009); Physiol Genomics., 38(1):73-9. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00010.2009

Drosophila in asthma research.

Roeder T, Isermann K, Kabesch M (2009); Am J Res Crit Care Med, 
179(11):979-983. doi: 10.1164/rccm.200811-1777PP

Uncovering the evolutionary history of innate immunity: the simple metazoan Hydra uses epithelial cells for host defence.

Bosch T C, Augustin R, Anton-Erxleben F, Fraune S, Hemmrich G, Zill H, Rosenstiel P, Jacobs G, Schreiber S, Leippe M, Stanisak M, Grötzinger J, Jung S, Podschun R, Bartels J, Harder J, Schröder J M (2009); Dev Comp Immunol., 33(4):559-69. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2008.10.004


Molecular architecture of the fruit
fly’s airway epithelial immune system.

Wagner C, Isermann K, Fehrenbach H, Roeder T (2008); BMC Genomics, 9:446. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-9-446

Systematic expression profiling of innate immune genes defines a complex pattern of immunosenescence in peripheral and intestinal leukocytes.

Rosenstiel P, Derer S, Till A, Häsler R, Eberstein H, Bewig B, Nikolaus S, Nebel A, Schreiber S (2008); Genes Immun., 9(2):103-14. doi: 10.1038/sj.gene.6364454


Systematic association mapping identifies NELL1 as a novel IBD disease gene.

Franke A, Hampe J, Rosenstiel P, Becker C, Wagner F, Häsler R, Little R D, Huse K, Ruether A, Balschun T, Wittig M, Elsharawy A, Mayr G, Albrecht M, Prescott N J, Onnie C M, Fournier H, Keith T, Radelof U, Platzer M, Mathew C G, Stoll M, Krawczak M, Nürnberg P, Schreiber S (2007); PLoS One., 2(8):e691. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000691

A genome-wide association scan of nonsynonymous SNPs identifies a susceptibility variant for Crohn disease in ATG16L1.

Hampe J, Franke A, Rosenstiel P, Till A, Teuber M, Huse K, Albrecht M, Mayr G, De La Vega F M, Briggs J, Günther S, Prescott N J, Onnie C M, Häsler R, Sipos B, Fölsch U R, Lengauer T, Platzer M, Mathew C G, Krawczak M, Schreiber S (2007); Nat Genet., 39(2):207-11. doi: 10.1038/ng1954

Allorecognition in urochordates: identification of a highly variable complement receptor-like protein expressed in follicle cells of Ciona.

Kurn U, Sommer F, Hemmrich G, Bosch T C, Khalturin K (2007); Dev Comp Immunol., 31(4):360-371. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2006.06.008


In the urochordate Ciona intestinalis zona pellucida domain proteins vary among individuals.

Kurn U, Sommer F, Bosch T C, Khalturin K (2006); Developmental and comparative immunology, 31(12): 1242-1254. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2007.03.011

Fast and simple DNA extraction from saliva and sperm cells obtained from the skin or isolated from swabs.

von Wurmb-Schwark N, Mályusz V, Fremdt H, Fink C, Simeoni E, Schwark T (2006); Leg Med (Tokyo), 8(3):177-81. doi: 10.1016/j.legalmed.2005.11.004

Analysis of NOD2-mediated proteome response to muramyl dipeptide in HEK293 cells.

Weichart D, Gobom J, Klopfleisch S, Häsler R, Gustavsson N, Billmann S, Lehrach H, Seegert D, Schreiber S, Rosenstiel P (2006); J Biol Chem., 281(4):2380-9. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M505986200


Dissection of the inflammatory bowel disease transcriptome using genome-wide cDNA microarrays.

Costello C M, Mah N, Häsler R, Rosenstiel P, Waetzig G H, Hahn A, Lu T, Gurbuz Y, Nikolaus S, Albrecht M, Hampe J, Lucius R, Klöppel G, Eickhoff H, Lehrach H, Lengauer T, Schreiber S (2005); PLoS Med., 2(8):e199. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020199